Council apprentice scheme continues to grow

Joseph Bulmer

Bideford teenager takes first steps on local government career path.

NORTH Devon Council has taken on another trainee apprentice as part of a scheme to get young people into work.

Adam Caedmon, 19, from Bideford is the fourth 18-24-year-old to begin a two-year placement with the council in the last 12 months.

Adam, who is based with the planning and development service, said: “When you’re young and have no experience, there aren’t really that many opportunities to get on the career ladder.

“However, this apprenticeship means I can get office experience, learn new skills and hopefully gain a business admin NVQ at the end of two years.

“Everyone here at the council has made me feel very welcome, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Not only will it be good for my CV, but I hope it’ll also lead to a permanent position.”

Head of human resources, Angela Gizzi, said: “Our apprenticeships are aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, and enable them to get valuable training whilst being in a real working environment.

“Without the scheme, these able young people would find it difficult to enter their chosen field, as they wouldn’t have the experience.

“It also benefits us, as we’re able to work with the apprentices, many of whom will stay on with us in some capacity after their apprenticeships have ended.”

Council leader Councillor Brian Greenslade added: “I am delighted that the council is able to support these young people, especially in the challenging jobs market that we are currently in.

“Our bright, young apprentices work across a variety of services, from environmental health and housing to property and technical services. Therefore, it’s benefiting all aspects of our work and is something I hope we continue to support in the future.”

The council said it hoped more trainee posts would become available in the near future.